US20040085298A1 - Portable communicator - Google Patents

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US20040085298A1
US20040085298A1 US10/728,597 US72859703A US2004085298A1 US 20040085298 A1 US20040085298 A1 US 20040085298A1 US 72859703 A US72859703 A US 72859703A US 2004085298 A1 US2004085298 A1 US 2004085298A1
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Abstract

This communicator makes it possible for the user to do telephone, facsimile, and data communication at any location. On a pen input device, a space eye 2, a telephone control system, a facsimile control system, and a data transmission system are mounted. All of them are operated by an input pen 55 or the space eye 2. The pen input device is connected to a wireless telephone equipment 7, and can be connected to a desired party through the public communication channel. In order to make the most of the equipment of a GPS user, the GPS user device 8 is connected to the pen input device 3. The current location of the GPS user is found through the GPS user device 8, and the data on the current location is transmitted to the party. Further, to make this communicator usable in any country, it is provided with means to connect it to a wireless telephone network of an individual service area of the country.

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    TECHNICAL FIELD
  • This invention relates to a portable wireless telephone or a portable wireless data communicator. [0001]
  • BACKGROUND ART
  • Conventionally, as a portable data transmission unit or a data utilizing unit, a wireless calling unit, a wireless telephone unit, GPS user unit or other is used. Alternatively, a computer unit connectable to such data transmission unit or other has been reduced in size and improved to have high performance. Thus, recently, as the electronic technique was advanced, the portable computer unit has been developed. [0002]
  • The wireless calling unit receives calling signals or message, beeps, or displays the message. [0003]
  • The wireless telephone unit transmits or receives message via the public communication channel. The wireless telephone is used for communication, or connected to a facsimile unit or a portable personal computer. [0004]
  • The GPS user unit is for use of NAVSTAR GPS (navigation satellite time and ranging positioning system) and provides the positional or height data on the earth. [0005]
  • The portable computer is connected to the wireless telephone unit. Where the computer is ported, data is transmitted, document is prepared or accountancy is carried out. [0006]
  • By the conventional data transmission unit, however, the received data cannot be effectively used. For example, if the wireless telephone unit is ported, you can talk over the unit. The data on the word processor or the facsimile unit cannot be transmitted, received or printed out. If the wireless telephone unit, the portable computer, the portable facsimile unit and their accessories are ported, different from the aforementioned, you can transmit or print out the data. This is not practically feasible. [0007]
  • Conventionally, the coordinate data transferred from the GPS user unit and the guide data indicating the attention of delivery or other cannot be displayed at the same time for navigation. [0008]
  • Since the computer gained compact size and high performance, an operator has come to demand almost the human response from the computer. The keyboard, mouse or other conventional input unit is annoying for the operator. [0009]
  • For example, with the interactive software, we can almost only respond to the calling from the computer. In this case, the operator, who is bothered with the operation of keyboard and mouse, comes to murmur “I wish the computer could understand me when I say just yes”. [0010]
  • Consequently, an object of the invention is to provide a portable communicator with which telephone calling, facsimile sending and data transmitting can be carried out anywhere. [0011]
  • Another object of the invention is to provide a portable communicator that can effectively us the GPS user unit. [0012]
  • Another object of the invention is to provide a portable communicator which can be directly and wirelessly connected to the public communication channels of a plurality of countries. [0013]
  • Further object of the invention is to provide a portable communicator having an enhanced operability. [0014]
  • DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION
  • The portable communicator of the first invention is provided with a wireless communication means wirelessly connected to a public communication channel for transmitting or receiving via the public communication channel, a portable computer for transmitting a control command to the wireless communication means, receiving data from the public communication channel via the wireless communication means or sending data via the wireless communication means to the public communication channel, and a housing for holding the combination of the wireless communication means and the portable computer. [0015]
  • The portable computer is provided with a printing data output means held in the housing or provided outside the housing for sending print data to an external print means. [0016]
  • The portable computer is provided with a facsimile number storage means which can store plural facsimile numbers, a selection means for selecting the facsimile number of destination from the facsimile numbers stored in the facsimile number storage means and image data transmission means for calling the destination corresponding to the facsimile number selected by the selection means via the wireless communication means and sending a specified image data. [0017]
  • In the portable communicator of the first invention, the portable computer sends out the control command to the wireless communication means and the wireless communication means transmits or receives data via the public communication channel. [0018]
  • Alternatively, the portable computer sends out data via the wireless communication means and the public communication channel. [0019]
  • Alternatively, the portable computer receives data via the public communication channel and the wireless communication means. [0020]
  • The aforementioned wireless communication means and the portable computer are combined to each other and held in the housing. [0021]
  • Furthermore, the data in the portable computer can be sent out to the print means by the print data output means. [0022]
  • According to the aforementioned structure, for example, the sound data prepared or received with the portable computer, facsimile data, word processor data or other data can be sent to the desired destination connected to the public communication channel, received from a sender or printed out. [0023]
  • Such transmission of data can be conducted anywhere in the communication range of the wireless communication means where the portable communicator can be ported. [0024]
  • The portable communicator of the second invention is provided with a wireless communication means connected wirelessly to a public communication channel for transmitting or receiving data via the public communication channel, a portable computer for sending out a control command to the wireless communication means, receiving data from the public communication channel via the wireless communication means or sending out data via the wireless communication means to the public communication channel, a housing for holding the wireless communication means and the portable computer in a combined condition, and a positional coordinate data input means for receiving positional coordinate from the GPS user unit held inside or outside the housing. [0025]
  • Said portable computer is further provided with a positional coordinate data use means for using the data obtained with the positional coordinate data received from said positional coordinate data input means. [0026]
  • In addition to the structure of the first invention, the portable computer of the second invention has the positional coordinate data input means. Therefore, since the positional coordinate data can be fed from the GPS user unit, data can be processed in a desired manner based on the present positional data. [0027]
  • The portable communicator of the third invention is provided with a wireless communication means connected wirelessly to a public communication channel for transmitting or receiving data via the public communication channel, a connection specification storage means for storing the connection specification to said public communication channel, a communication control means for sending out the control command to said wireless communication means, receiving data from said public communication channel via said wireless communication means and sending out data via said wireless communication means to said public communication channel, a connection specification signal output means for sending the signals relating to the connection specification to said wireless communication means or said communication control means based on the storage content of said connection specification storage means, and a housing for holding said wireless communication means, said communication control means, said connection specification storage means and said connection specification output means in a combined condition. [0028]
  • As aforementioned, the portable communicator is connected wirelessly to the public communication channel having a specified connection specification. Furthermore, the portable communicator is connected to the designation of communication connected to the public communication channel and having a specified connection specification. [0029]
  • The portable communicator of the fourth invention is provided with a wireless communication means connected wirelessly to a public communication channel for transmitting or receiving data via said public communication channel, a portable computer for sending out a control command to said wireless communication means, receiving data from said public communication channel via said wireless communication means and sending out data via said wireless communication means to said public communication channel, a housing for holding said wireless communication means and said portable computer in a combined condition, an image data base for storing plural image data relating to the prepared image, an image detection means for detecting an image, an image search means for searching the data similar to that of the detected image from said image data base, and a data transmitting and receiving means for transmitting or receiving data via said wireless communication means based on the signal corresponding to the searched data of the similar image. [0030]
  • According to the aforementioned structure, by storing facial, hand and other image features and patterns, command can be directed to the computer with hand signs and countenance. [0031]
  • The computer data output unit of the fifth invention sends out data. At the same time, the unit sends out a specified signal to the computer which response signals of the data is entered. The unit is provided with an image data base for storing plural image data relating to the prepared image, an image detection means for detecting image, an image search means for searching the data of the image similar to the detected image from said image data base, and a search signal output means for sending out the signal corresponding to the similar image data to said computer. [0032]
  • BRIEF EXPLANATION OF DRAWING FIGURES
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a personal communicator [0033] 1 in the first embodiment.
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the personal communicator [0034] 1 in a closed condition.
  • FIG. 3 is a block diagram of the personal communicator [0035] 1.
  • FIG. 4 is an explanatory view of a display [0036] 15.
  • FIG. 5 is an explanatory view of the control over display. [0037]
  • FIG. 6 is a flowchart of the processing routine for the display control. [0038]
  • FIG. 7 is a flowchart of the processing routine for the monitor control. [0039]
  • FIG. 8 shows the personal communicator [0040] 1 on standby and being charged.
  • FIG. 9 is a flowchart of the processing routine for communicator control. [0041]
  • FIG. 10 is an explanatory view of the image plane of status report. [0042]
  • FIG. 11 is a flowchart of facsimile processing routine. [0043]
  • FIG. 12 is an explanatory view of the image plane for the input of document. [0044]
  • FIG. 13 is a flowchart of facsimile menu processing routine. [0045]
  • FIG. 14 is an explanatory view of the image plane of facsimile menu. [0046]
  • FIG. 15 is a flowchart of facsimile transmission processing routine. [0047]
  • FIG. 16 is an explanatory view of the image plane for facsimile transmission. [0048]
  • FIG. 17 is a flowchart of the processing routine for the display of received facsimile. [0049]
  • FIG. 18 is an explanatory of the image plane showing a list of received facsimile. [0050]
  • FIG. 19 is a flowchart of deletion processing routine. [0051]
  • FIG. 20 is a flowchart of telephone processing routine. [0052]
  • FIG. 21 is an explanatory view of the image plane of telephone menu. [0053]
  • FIG. 22 is an explanatory view of the image plane for the selection of message. [0054]
  • FIG. 23 is a flowchart of the processing routine for setting. [0055]
  • FIG. 24 is a flowchart of the processing routine for the display of recording by the telephone answering machine. [0056]
  • FIG. 25 is a flowchart of data processing routine. [0057]
  • FIG. 26 is an explanatory view of the image plane for the input of data. [0058]
  • FIG. 27 is a flowchart of the processing routine for setting the transmission condition. [0059]
  • FIG. 28 is a flowchart of the processing routine for data transmission. [0060]
  • FIG. 29 is a flowchart of application processing routine. [0061]
  • FIG. 30 is an explanatory view of the image plane for the selection of application. [0062]
  • FIG. 31 is a flowchart of the processing routine for registering the application menu. [0063]
  • FIG. 32 is a flowchart of the processing routine for registering the communicator center menu. [0064]
  • FIG. 33 is a flowchart of the processing routine for calling a communicator center. [0065]
  • FIGS. 34, 35 and [0066] 36 are explanatory views of the processing routine for calling the communicator center.
  • FIG. 37 is an explanatory view of communicator center [0067] 391.
  • FIG. 38 is a flowchart of the processing routine for setting. [0068]
  • FIG. 39 is an explanatory view of the image plane for the selection of the object to be set. [0069]
  • FIG. 40 is a flowchart of the processing routine for monitoring facsimile transmission time. [0070]
  • FIG. 41 is a flowchart of the processing routine for monitoring data transmission time. [0071]
  • FIG. 42 is a perspective view of the personal communicator [0072] 1 in the second embodiment.
  • FIG. 43 is a block diagram of the personal communicator [0073] 1.
  • FIG. 44 is a flowchart of the processing routine for communicator control. [0074]
  • FIG. 45 is an explanatory view of the image place of status report. [0075]
  • FIG. 46 is a flowchart of facsimile menu processing routine. [0076]
  • FIG. 47 is an explanatory view of the image plane showing facsimile menu. [0077]
  • FIG. 48 is a flowchart of telephone processing routine. [0078]
  • FIGS. 49A, B and [0079] 50 are explanatory views of the image plane of telephone menu.
  • FIG. 51A is a flowchart of data processing routine, and FIG. 51B is an explanatory view of the image plane for the input of data. [0080]
  • FIG. 52 is a flowchart of navigation processing routine. [0081]
  • FIG. 53 is a flowchart of the processing routine for setting. [0082]
  • FIG. 54 is an explanatory view of the image plane for the selection of the object to be set. [0083]
  • FIG. 55 is a flowchart of the processing routine for GPS setting. [0084]
  • FIG. 56 is an explanatory view of the image plane for GPS setting. [0085]
  • FIG. 57 is a flowchart of the processing routine for GPS automatic response. [0086]
  • FIG. 58 is a flowchart of the processing routine for GPS telephone announcement response. [0087]
  • FIG. 59 is a flowchart of the processing routine for GPS/FAX response. [0088]
  • FIG. 60 is a flowchart of the processing routine for GPS response. [0089]
  • FIG. 61 is an explanatory view of the operation condition of GPS user unit [0090] 109 connected to the personal communicator.
  • FIG. 62 is an explanatory view of navigator menu. [0091]
  • FIG. 63 is an explanatory view of the image plane of internal map guide. [0092]
  • FIG. 64 is a flowchart of the processing routine for displaying navigation on the image plane. [0093]
  • FIG. 65 is an explanatory view when the upper part [0094] 541A of map image plane 541 is set as north.
  • FIG. 66 is a flowchart of the processing routine for guiding. [0095]
  • FIGS. 67A, B are explanatory views of the frame for displaying the input of guide route. [0096]
  • FIG. 68 is an explanatory view of the display of entire guide map. [0097]
  • FIG. 69 is an explanatory view of the display of neighborhood. [0098]
  • FIG. 70 is a flowchart of map display. [0099]
  • FIG. 71 is a flowchart of the display of the present position. [0100]
  • FIG. 72 is a flowchart of the display of target position. [0101]
  • FIG. 73 is a flowchart of the display of guide route. [0102]
  • FIGS. [0103] 74-76 are explanatory views for the use of navigation center.
  • FIGS. [0104] 77-79 are explanatory views for the use of satellite center.
  • FIG. 80 is a flowchart for the use of satellite center. [0105]
  • FIG. 81 is a flowchart of internal processing. [0106]
  • FIG. 82 is an explanatory view of internal processing. [0107]
  • FIG. 83 is a flowchart of the processing at the satellite center. [0108]
  • FIGS. 84A, B, C and FIGS. [0109] 85-88 are explanatory views for the use of satellite center.
  • FIG. 89 is a sketch drawing of printer [0110] 107.
  • FIG. 90 is an explanatory view of the structure of printer [0111] 107.
  • FIG. 91 is a flowchart of bank officers' on-line cashing service. [0112]
  • FIG. 92 is a flowchart of the processing of normal deposit. [0113]
  • FIG. 93 is a flowchart of depositing. [0114]
  • FIG. 94 is a flowchart of the printing-on a bankbook. [0115]
  • FIG. 95 is a block diagram of the personal communicator [0116] 1 in the third embodiment.
  • FIG. 96 is an explanatory view of the image plane of status report. [0117]
  • FIG. 97 is an explanatory view of the image plane of facsimile transmission. [0118]
  • FIG. 98 is an explanatory view of the image plan displaying a list of received facsimile. [0119]
  • FIG. 99 is a flowchart of the processing routine of telephone. [0120]
  • FIGS. 100 and 101 are explanatory views of the image plane showing a telephone menu. [0121]
  • FIG. 102 is a flowchart of the routine for determining a transmission number. [0122]
  • FIGS. 103A, B are explanatory views of the image plane showing a number input. [0123]
  • FIG. 104 is an explanatory view of the image plane showing the international subscriber dialing on direct lines. [0124]
  • FIG. 105 is an explanatory view of the image plane showing international operator-assisted calls. [0125]
  • FIG. 106 is an explanatory view of the image plane showing a telephone menu. [0126]
  • FIG. 107 is a flowchart of the processing routine for setting. [0127]
  • FIG. 108 is an explanatory view of the image plane for selecting the object to be set. [0128]
  • FIG. 109 is a flowchart of the processing routine for global pertinent setting. [0129]
  • FIG. 110 is an explanatory view of the image plane for selecting a wireless telephone service area. [0130]
  • FIG. 111 is an explanatory view of service areas. [0131]
  • FIG. 112 is a flowchart of the processing routine for selecting the service area. [0132]
  • FIG. 113 is a flowchart of the processing routine for changing the service area. [0133]
  • FIG. 114 is a flowchart of the processing routine for controlling the service area. [0134]
  • FIG. 115 is an explanatory view of the image plane showing a list of wireless telephone registration areas. [0135]
  • FIG. 116 is a perspective view of the personal communicator [0136] 1 in the fourth embodiment.
  • FIG. 117 is a perspective view of the personal communicator [0137] 1 in a closed condition.
  • FIG. 118 is a block diagram of the personal communicator [0138] 1.
  • FIG. 119 is an explanatory view of the personal communicator [0139] 1 being operated.
  • FIG. 120 is an explanatory view of a space eye [0140] 2.
  • FIG. 121 is an explanatory view of the image plane of status report. [0141]
  • FIGS. 122A, B are explanatory views of a space eye starting mark and a space eye stopping mark, respectively. [0142]
  • FIGS. 123A, B, C and FIGS. 124A, B are explanatory views of a space eye code mark. [0143]
  • FIG. 125 is an explanatory view of the execution mark for selecting the space eye. [0144]
  • FIG. 126 is a flowchart of the processing routine for setting the space eye. [0145]
  • FIG. 127 is an explanatory view of the space eye setting menu. [0146]
  • FIG. 128 is a flowchart of the processing routine for extracting sampling data features. [0147]
  • FIG. 129 is a flowchart of the processing routine for providing a space eye code. [0148]
  • FIG. 130 is a flowchart of the processing routine for starting the space eye. [0149]
  • FIG. 131 is a flowchart of the processing routine for stopping the space eye. [0150]
  • FIG. 132 is a flowchart of the processing routine for space monitoring. [0151]
  • FIG. 133 is a flowchart of the processing routine for controlling the space eye. [0152]
  • FIG. 134 is a flowchart of the processing routine for determining the space eye code. [0153]
  • FIG. 135 is a flowchart of the processing routine for defining the space eye code. [0154]
  • FIG. 136 is an explanatory view showing the operation condition. [0155]
  • FIGS. 137A, B are explanatory views of the image plane showing the input of document. [0156]
  • FIG. 138 is an explanatory view of the image plane of a facsimile menu. [0157]
  • FIGS. 139A, B are explanatory views of the image plane of facsimile transmission. [0158]
  • FIG. 140 is an explanatory view of the image plane showing a list of received facsimile. [0159]
  • FIG. 141 is an explanatory view of the image plane showing a telephone menu. [0160]
  • FIG. 142 is an explanatory view of the image plane for selecting message. [0161]
  • FIG. 143 is an explanatory view of the image plane for the input of data. [0162]
  • FIG. 144 is an explanatory view of the image plane for the selection of application.[0163]
  • BEST MODES FOR PRACTICING THE INVENTION First Embodiment
  • FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 are the perspective views of